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2023: G5 shuts out Atiku, split between Peter Obi, Tinubu

As speculation and permutations continue about the presidential candidate that the governors of the G-5, also known as the Integrity Group, will endorse for the 2023 presidency, a former Rivers State commissioner has said that three of the five governors have endorsed Peter Obi.

 

The five dissident PDP governors, led by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, have expressed their willingness to support a candidate from the southern part of the country, believing that a southerner should succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, that he would have spent eight years in office by 2023.

 

This puts Tinubu and Obi first for the endorsement of the G5 Governors, namely Wike, Seyi Makinde from Oyo State, Samuel Ortom from Benue State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi from Enugu State and Okezie Ikpeazu from from Abia. Ortom recently endorsed Obi in his state.

 

Better known as the G5, PDP governors currently meeting in London to reach a joint decision before next year’s elections have taken up arms against their party for truncating the zoning deal for political office.

 

The Nigerian News Agency reports that a former Rivers commissioner, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the agency that three of the governors have backed Obi from the Labor Party, adding that their agitation was for power to be shifted. to the South in accordance with the Declaration of Lagos by the governors of the south.

 

The source said that while three of the five governors are convinced by Obi’s records, the other two are concerned about their political survival.

 

The former commissioner said: “You know that the presidential pageant is like a beauty pageant, where only registered participants are considered. The G5 governors agree that Obi is not a saint, but he comes with fresher features than the other candidates.

 

“It was these contrasting qualities, plus the Muslim-Muslim ticket, in the first place that drew a massive following among the main electoral demographic, youth, across the country for Obi.

 

“So, I can tell you with authority, the three governors who support Obi state that although APC has spread, it would be disastrous and suicidal if they support Tinubu with (an) awkward ticket against his people, most of whom are in favor of Obi. .

 

“Therefore, the three governors are aware of the Electoral Law of 2022 and the enormous powers and independence that it has granted to the electorate.”

 

Regarding Wike’s position, the former commissioner pointed out that Governor Rivers is aware that all politics is local. “Wike is not entirely against Asiwaju (Tinubu), but he is deeply concerned about how his political detractors in the state would react if he slips up.”

 

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